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Musical events and special works of art are always a part of Faust Harrison Pianos.  Some of the events are performances by well-known musicians such as pianist André-Michel Schub and jazz pianist Jeff Franzel; some are by musicians whom we expect to become well known.   We’ve hosted a terrific chamber symphony made up of top Westchester Musicians, a wonderful Lieder Fest arranged by the opera department at SUNY Purchase, and many delightful classical and jazz teams and soloists.  Upcoming and recent events and current art exhibits are described on this page (below). 

To reserve seats for an upcoming event, please go to: events@FaustHarrisonPianos.com

Faust Harrison Pianos Presents:

Robert DvorkinRobert Dvorkin

Sat, May 2nd 7:30PM at
207 West 58th Street, New York, NY 10019
Free Admission
Please RSVP to events@FaustHarrisonPianos.com

MR. DVORKIN lived in New York City from 1988 until 2014, working, teaching, and performing in many cities in the United States and Canada. In 1999 he discovered the work of Dorothy Taubman, and worked with John Bloomfield, master Taubman disciple.

In 2014 he returned to his home country of Canada, where he lives in Ottawa with his partner and their two quadruped charges. Mr. Dvorkin maintains a teaching studio in Ottawa, where he promotes the Taubman Approach. He performs in Ottawa and in other cities around the province of Ontario, and this fall will be performing in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Also in the year 1999 Mr. Dvorkin walked into the 58th Street store of Faust Harrison pianos and purchased for himself a model B Steinway, Serial Number 80678, which was rebuilt to his entire satisfaction by Faust Harrison in 2013. He is grateful beyond measure to Sara and Irving Faust and the entire Faust Harrison staff for giving him the piano of his dreams, which he gets to play on every single day.



Faust Harrison Pianos & Performers of Westchester Present:

Peter SerkinPeter Serkin & Julia Hsu

Sun, March 8th 4:30PM at
214 Central Ave, White Plains, NY 10606
Admission $35 at door
Please RSVP to events@FaustHarrisonPianos.com

PETER SERKIN'S rich musical heritage extends back several generations: his grandfather was violinist and composer Adolf Busch; his father was pianist Rudolf Serkin. In 1958, at age eleven, Peter entered the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he was a student of Lee Luvisi, Mieczyslaw Horszowski and Rudolf Serkin. He later continued his studies with Ernst Oster, Marcel Moyse and Karl Ulrich Schnabel. In 1959 Mr. Serkin made his Marlboro Music Festival and New York City debuts with conductor Alexander Schneider. He was invited to perform with the Cleveland Orchestra and George Szell in Cleveland and Carnegie Hall and with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Eugene Ormandy in Philadelphia and Carnegie Hall. He has since performed with the world's major symphony orchestras with such eminent conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, James Levine, Herbert Blomstedt and Christoph Eschenbach. Mr. Serkin's recording of the six Mozart concerti composed in 1784 with Alexander Schneider and the English Chamber Orchestra was nominated for a Grammy and received the prestigious Deutsche Schallplatten as well as "Best Recording of the Year" by Stereo Review magazine. Other Grammy nominated recordings include Olivier Messiaen's Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus and Quartet for the End of Time on BMG and a solo recording of works by Stravinsky, Wolpe and Lieberson for New World Records. Mr. Serkin currently teaches at Bard College Conservatory of Music and the Longy School of Music. He resides in Massachusetts with his wife, Regina, and is the father of five children.

Julia Hsu

Originally from Taiwan, JULIA HSU studied at The Purcell School for young musicians with Professor Patsy Toh, wife of renowned pianist Fou Ts’ong. She continued her studies at the Royal Academy of Music, London, in Helsinki at the Sibelius Academy and at the Hannover Hochschule für Musik und theatre, in the highly sought-after “Soloklasse” programme. Besides her dedication to being a classical musician, Julia is passionate about modern theater and visual arts. Collaborations include exhibitions and performances with photographer Roman Schramm, sculptor Hella Gerlach and modern dance choreographer Shang Chi Sun, with whom she performed in Festival d'Avignon OFF, France and at Tel Aviv's annual Dance Festival at the Suzanne Dellal Centre, Israel. In 2013, Julia was appointed Musician-in-Residence in Yilan’s Rudolf Steiner School, Taiwan, where she works with students and fellow colleagues through regular lecture recitals and various chamber music projects. Julia has been a Collaborative Piano Fellow at Bard College since 2013.



FieldnotesCharles Bremer

Faust Harrison Pianos & Arts Center in Westchester
214 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606

The art of artist Charles Bremer currently at the Faust Harrison Piano showroom in White Plains, NY features a diverse collection of work in mixed media and encaustic wax.

Artist Charles Bremer has explored a wide breadth of creative medium in his career ranging from photography and drawing, experimental sound sculpture, theater stage sets and architectural memorials. His work has been exhibited in numerous art centers, museums, galleries, and private collections both in the United States and internationally.  Much of Bremer's graphic work explores objects and art supplies as unique allegories of human emotion, creativity, beauty, aging and playfulness. His studio technique combines photography with paint, dyes, ink, beeswax, pigments and resin in an encaustic wax surface. 




Previous Events

Faust Harrison Pianos & Performers of Westchester Present:

Leon and Katherine FleisherLeon Fleisher & Friends

Sun, Nov. 16th 5PM at
214 Central Ave, White Plains, NY 10606
Admission $35 at door
Please RSVP to events@FaustHarrisonPianos.com

Legendary pianist LEON FLEISHER represents the highest standard of musicianship and, at 85 years young, he continues to impart his lifeaffirming artistry throughout the world, thriving in a sustained career as conductor and soloist, recitalist, chamber music artist, and master class mentor. A recipient of numerous honors and awards, Mr. Fleisher received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors in 2007. In 2006, he was the subject of the 2006 Oscar and Emmy-nominated documentary film Two Hands.

KATHERINE JACOBSON FLEISHER's international performing career as a soloist, duo pianist and chamber musician has received critical acclaim. Her recent Carnegie Hall debut, with piano partner Leon Fleisher was praised by The New York Times for its "abundant musicality and refined technique".

Shadrin and Lu

The Russian-born award-winning pianist, YURY SHADRIN was born in the city of Perm and was accepted into the Special School for Gifted Children in Novosibirsk at the age of 12 in 1992. By 1994, he had won both the Siberian and International Piano competitions in Rome, resulting in a European recital tour which took him to Germany, France, Italy and Switzerland and a subsequent appearance with the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra.

An accomplished international performer, Chinese pianist TIAN LU has appeared as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout Asia, the United States, Europe, and South America. As a winner of both the Thailand International Piano Competition and International Piano Competition in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Ms. Lu has performed as soloist with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, the Maracaibo Symphony Orchestra and the Miami Symphony Orchestra.



Faust Harrison Pianos & Yamaha Artists Present:

Frederic ChiuFrederic Chiu

Sun, Oct. 26th 7PM at
214 Central Ave, White Plains, NY 10606
Free admission
Please RSVP to events@FaustHarrisonPianos.com

A frequent guest artist at concert venues in Europe, South America, and throughout the United States, Frederic Chiu is devoted to enhancing the live concert experience for diverse audiences. Chiu has created many innovative programs, often showcasing transcriptions and rarely-programmed repertoire. Also a skilled collaborator, he has performed with many friends and colleagues in Classical music such as Joshua Bell, Pierre Amoyal, Gary Hoffman, the St Lawrence String Quartet; as well as with artists in other genres including the jazz pianist Bob James, writer/storyteller David Gonzalez, actor Brian Bedford, and the clown Buffo. Frederic Chiu has released over 20 CDs, many available on the harmonia mundi usa label, including the complete piano works of Prokofiev, as well as works of Chopin, Liszt, Ravel, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rossini and Grieg.

His most recent recordings include the Beethoven/Liszt Symphony No. 5, and the solo piano version of Saint Saens’Carnival of the Animals with David Gonzalez as the narrator of verse penned with today’s young audiences in mind. In addition, he is a frequent presence on popular radio shows such as St. Paul Sunday Morning, Performance Today, and WNYC’s Greene Space. Chiu's educational program Deeper Piano Studies – a philosophic and holistic training program – brings together advanced concert pianists, promising students and piano teachers from around the world for workshops that develop a Body/Mind/Heart approach to piano-playing and music-making. He has taught at the Juilliard School, Indiana University’s Jacob School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, the New England Conservatory and the Banff Centre, among others.

Frederic Chiu’s website, www.FredericChiu.com, contains up-to-date information about his upcoming concerts and DPS workshops, as well as links to recordings and videos.



Faust Harrison Pianos Presents

Pianists Marilyn Nonken & Augustus Arnone

May 3rd @ 7:30PM
207 W 58th St. New York, NY 10019
Admission: $15 - Adults, $10 - Students
Please RSVP to events@FaustHarrisonPianos.com

Tony Dasare

Marilyn Nonken

Marilyn Nonken is one of the most celebrated champions of the modern repertoire of her generation, known for performances that explore transcendent virtuosity and extremes of musical expression. Upon her 1993 New York debut, she was heralded as "a determined protector of important music" (New York Times). Recognized a "one of the greatest interpreters of new music" (American Record Guide), she has been named "Best of the Year" by some of the nation's leading critics. Marilyn Nonken's performances have been presented at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Miller Theatre, the Guggenheim Museum, (Le) Poisson Rouge, IRCAM and the Théâtre Bouffe du Nord (Paris), the ABC (Melbourne), Instituto-Norteamericano (Santiago), the Music Gallery (Toronto), the Phillips Collection, and the Menil Collection, as well as conservatories and universities around the world. Festival appearances include Résonances and the Festival d'Automne 4both, Paris) and When Morty Met John, Making Music, and Works and Process (all, New York), American Sublime (Philadelphia), The Festival of New American Music (Sacramento), Musica Nova (Helsinki), Aspects des Musiques d'Aujourd-hui (Caen), Messiaen 2008 (Birmingham, UK), New Music Days (Ostrava), Musikhøst (Odense), Music on the Edge (Pittsburgh), Piano Festival Northwest (Portland), and the William Kapell International Piano Festival and Competition. She has recorded for New World Records, Mode, Lovely Music, Albany, Metier, Divine Art, Innova, CRI, BMOP Sound, New Focus, Cairos, Tzadik, and Bridge. Her solo discs include "American Spiritual," a CD of works written for her, “Morton Feldman: Triadic Memories,” “Tristan Murail: The Complete Piano Music,” “Stress Position: The Complete Piano Music of Drew Baker," and most recently "Voix Voilees," music of Joshua Fineberg and Hugues Dufourt.

Tony Dasare

Augustus Arnone

Augustus Arnone is an adventurous pianist who has made a home at the edge of transcendental extremes in the modern repertory. In addition to works which push the boundaries in virtuosity and complexity, he's particularly interested in those which explore innovative compositional media or technological approaches. His repertoire includes the complete solo piano works of Milton Babbitt as well as music by John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Michael Finnissy, Alvin Lucier, Morton Feldman, Luigi Nono, Jason Eckardt, David Rakowski, Roberto Sierra, and Edmund Campion. His most recent large-scale solo project is Michael Finnissy's complete 11 movement magnum opus, "The History of Photography In Sound," which he's performing over the course of four concerts during the 2013/2014 concert season. Mr. Arnone is co-director of Collide-O-Scope Music, a contemporary music ensemble with a focus on diverse media forms. With COSM, he has commissioned and premiered new ensemble works by a range of emerging composers including Yotam Haber, Nathan Davis, Elizabeth Adams, Michael Klingbeil, Spencer Topel, Aaron Brooks, James Romig, Todd Tarantino, and more. He is also an enthusiastic improviser and recent concerts have featured solo and ensemble improvisation using MIDI-enabled acoustic piano and synthesizer.

Faust Harrison Pianos & Yamaha Artists Present:

Tony DasareTony DeSare

Sun, Oct. 6th 7PM at
214 Central Ave, White Plains, NY 10606
Free admission
Please RSVP to events@FaustHarrisonPianos.com

Singer, pianist and songwriter Tony DeSare ‐ was named a “Rising Star” Male Vocalist in the Downbeat Critics Poll. He has won critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout the United States as well as in Australia, Japan and Hong Kong.

“With his dark hair, bright brown eyes and toothpaste smile that rarely fades,” raved The New York Times, “DeSare is one of the most promising young male performers. He is a Sinatra acolyte in his early 30s who sings Prince as well as Johnny Mercer…” The NY Times wrote further: ”DeSare is Two parts young Sinatra, one part Billy Joel, meshed seamlessly …” The Wall Street Journal followed with: “He is one third Bobby Darin, one third Bobby Short and one third Bobby Kennedy.” According to USA Today, “DeSare belongs to a group of neo‐traditional upstarts stretching from Harry Connick Jr, to Michael Bublé and Jamie Cullum. DeSare covers old and newer pop and jazz standards without smothering or over‐thinking the material.”

DeSare performs with infectious joy, wry playfulness, and robust musicality. His sound is romantic, swinging and sensual, but what sets DeSare apart is his ability to write original material that sounds fresh and contemporary, yet pays homage to the Great American Songbook. As a result, DeSare can deftly glide from a Gershwin standard, to a Dylan or Paul McCartney classic, to one of his inventive original songs.




Faust Harrison Pianos Presents

Stephanie ChouAndré-Michel Schub

Pianist André-Michel Schub has been described by The New York Times as “pianistically flawless… a formidable pianist with a fierce integrity.” He has repeatedly performed with the world’s most prestigious orchestras, among them the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics, the Detroit Symphony, the Royal Concertgebouw, and the Bournemouth Symphony.

Since 1997 he has been music director of the Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Music Series, planning its chamber music programming and performing on a number of programs each year. He is currently an artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Mr. Schub was the 1981 grand prize winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, 1977 recipient of the Avery Fisher Recital Award, and 1974 winner of the Naumburg International Piano Competition.

Born in France, Mr. Schub came to the United States with his family when he was eight months old; New York City has been his home ever since. He began his piano studies with his mother when he was four and later continued his work with Jascha Zayde. Mr. Schub first attended Princeton University and then transferred to the Curtis Institute, where he studied with Rudolf Serkin from 1970 to 1973. André-Michel Schub’s recordings, for Vox Cum laude, Piano Disc, Musical Heritage Society and CBS Masterworks (now SONY Classical), include works of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Liszt, as well as an allavinsky album with Cho-Liang Lin. He is currently on the piano faculty at the Manhattan School of Music.



Faust Harrison Pianos Presents

Stephanie ChouMichael Whalen

Michael is a internationally known Yamaha recording artist, producer and arranger. His solo recordings span many genres including: ambient, new age, classical, soundtrack, singer/songwriter, children's music and world music. He is best-known for his spare and melodic solo piano recordings. His new solo piano recording "All The Things I Could Not Say" will be newly released and available for purchase. Michael is a two-time Emmy® award-winning composer who has credits for well-known shows such as "The Oprah Winfrey Show", "Inside Edition", and "Good Morning America", as well network themes he's written for ESPN, Hallmark, ABC Sports, PBS, CBS News, NY1 News, Cinemax, Comcast and many others. He is also an award-winning commercial sound designer with thousands of credits including Apple, BMW, Pepsi and Mercedes. More information: www.michaelwhalen.com



Faust Harrison Pianos Presents

Vicky ChowElton John (Remote Live)

Elton John, Yamaha and Faust Harrison Pianos are teaming up to bring Elton to White Plains via the miracle of Yamaha’s amazing new “Remote Live” technology. Elton and a seventy piece orchestra will be on stage in Anaheim, CA to celebrate Yamaha’s 125th anniversary. Elton will play a Yamaha grand that will be connected (and perfectly synchronized) via the “cloud” to several other Yamaha grands located in performance venues around the world. One of these pianos will be the red Elton John piano located at Faust Harrison Pianos in White Plains, NY. As Elton plays and sings in California, we’ll see him on the big screen, hear him sing through a marvelous sound system – and watch and hear him play “live” on the Elton John Yamaha.

Our doors will open at 11 PM. We’ll start with a reception and then hear fabulous live opening performances by Matt Beilis and Sarah J. The Elton concert will cap this very special night and end at about 2 AM. Unfortunately, admission must be limited to the first 150 people who respond. So, please don’t delay in letting us know that you’d like to attend.



Faust Harrison Pianos Presents

Composers Concordance Festival: “Evolution – Solos”

This unique, boutique-style concert brings together three of today's piano music stars: Kathleen Supové, Eleonor Sandresky, and Jed Distler. Each a champion with a distinctive approach to piano music interpretation and presentation, these artists will perform their own compositions, as well as works composed specifically for them by Milica Paranosic, Gene Pritsker, and Dan Cooper, among others. Solo sets will alternate with group musicianship in the beautiful intimate salon setting of Faust Harrison Pianos.

About the Pianists:

Kathleen Supové
is one of America's most acclaimed and versatile contemporary music pianists. In 2012, she received the special John Cage Award from ASCAP for “the artistry and passion with which she performs, commissions, records, and champions the music of our time.” She has appeared with The Lincoln Center Festival, Other Minds Festival, Bang On a Can Marathon, and in all kinds of venues. Her solo CDs are available on CD Baby and Amazon. Follow her activities at www.supove.com.

Arts Houston described her vision as "captivating and true," composer/pianist Eleonor Sandresky's music has been performed on three continents by ensembles such as Ethel and Nouvel Ensemble Moderne. Her latest commission is for the early music ensemble Parthenia, to be premiered in 2014.  Eleonor is at the same time one of New York's preeminent new music pianists, performing concerts throughout the world with performances of new works by composers from Egberto Gismonte to Philip Glass, with whom she has worked since 1991. Working at the forefront of avant-garde concert-as-theater, Eleonor has reinvented herself as a Choreographic Pianist with her evening-length composition, A Sleeper’s Notebook, that she premiered at the Kitchen in 2003. The depth of her experience as a performer informs her work as a composer in a very deep way, and she mines that experience for the hybrid work that she creates, blending movement, the acoustic and the electronic into one unique art form.

Composer/pianist Jed Distler is artistic director for ComposersCollaborative, inc, and creator of their long-running new music variety show Serial Underground at the Cornelia Street Café. Called “an altogether extraordinary pianist” (Newar Star-Ledger) and “the Downtown Keyboard Magus” in the New Yorker, Jed’s most recent CD on the Musical Concepts label is Meditate with the Masters. He is currently performing a recital program encompassing Thelonious Monk’s complete songs. Formerly on the faculty at Sarah Lawrence College where he served as the theater department’s musical director for more the two decades, Jed participated in recent composition teaching residencies at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas and Colorado College.

A host and programmer for Q2/New York Public Radio keyboard show Hammered!, Jed also is known for his regular reviews in Gramophone (where he maintains the blog Piano Notes) and Classicstoday.com. He gained notoriety in 2007 for helping uncover the scandal exposing hundreds of recordings fraudulently recited to pianist Joyce Hatto. Jed is an ASCAP member and Yamaha artist. Visit www.composerscollab.org and www.jeddistler.com.



LI Opening

Faust Harrison Pianos celebrates the opening of
its new showroom in Huntington, Long Island.

Faust Harrison Pianos & Arts Center in Long Island
277 Walt Whitman Rd. (Rt. 110)
Huntington Station, NY 11746

For more infomation, visit our Long Island opening page.



Faust Harrison Pianos Presents

Helene JeanneyHelene Jeanney & David Oei - Duo piano

Helene Jeanney, born in Paris, from an American mother and French father, started her musical studies at age 5 and later graduated from the Paris Conservatory at the age of 17 with first Prize in Piano and Chamber Music. She then went on with a Fulbright Scholarship to study at Indiana University with Gyorgy Sebok and a few years later became Professor Assistant to Menahem Pressler (of the Beaux Arts Trio). She also holds a Professional Studies Degree from the Juilliard School with Professor Jerome Lowenthal and has studied and performed at the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, and the Banff Center of Fine Arts.

She can be heard on recordings with cellist Hai Ye Ni on the Naxos label, and with violinist Yuval Yaron on the Accord label.

David Oei, pianist, was a soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic at the age of nine and has since performed with major orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore Symphonies. Mr. Oei is the winner of five Interlochen Concerto Competitions and the Concert Artists Guild, WQXR Young Artists, Young Musicians Foundation and Paul Ulanowsky Chamber Pianists Awards. A perennial fixture on the New York City chamber music scene he has made guest appearances with the Audubon Quartet, Claring Chamber Players, Da Capo Chamber Players, New York Philharmonic Ensembles, St. Luke's and Orpheus Chamber Ensembles and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.




Faust Harrison Pianos Presents

Bob Baldwin Jazz Trio

Faust Harrison Pianos & Arts Center in Westchester
214 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606

Mount Vernon, NY native Bob Baldwin, Jazz Artist, Radio Host and Music Presenter, is an unsung hero when it comes to the Contemporary/Smooth Jazz genre and is on the move. With a vision to take his gift of music to help non-profit organizations who may be in need of help, Bob Baldwin adds Arts Advocate, Educator, and recently Author to his resume.

In 2012 Baldwin is slated to perform with Cynthia Calloway (daughter of the esteemed legend, Mr. Cab Calloway) and Michael Mills for the Feed the Children Program in Phoenix, Arizona. Humanitarian efforts go back to 1986, when he raised the awareness of HIV/AIDS in his hometown. On a production front, he is working with Peak Records, The Best in Contemporary Music to produce a tribute to the great Thom Bell, Philadelphia Songwriter legend and Music Producer, who is known for being one if the creators of the Philadelphia sound for groups like The Stylistics and The Spinners. The project is slated for first Quarter 2012, and includes: Paul Taylor, Russ Freeman, Vivian Green, and new voices Ragan Whiteside, and Elan Trotman.

Baldwin will return to the ArtsWestchester in February and March as co-curator of the NewUrbanJazz Series. The series will feature extraordinary artists from Westchester County, Hiroshi Yamazaki Quartet (Pianist Extraordinaire), Vaneese Thomas (Legendary Vocalist), The Tony Jefferson Quartet (Jazz Vocal Standards), and The John Patitucci Trio (Award-Winning Bassist).



Faust Harrison Pianos Presents

Beth Levin

Faust Harrison Pianos in NYC
207 W. 58th St.
New York, NY 10019

Pianist Beth Levin, a former child prodigy who made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 12, was subsequently taught and guided by legendary pianists such as Rudolph Serkin, Leonard Shure, and Dorothy Taubman, and played in the presence of such greats as Paul Badura-Skoda, who called her "a pianist of rare abilities". As a concerto soloist, Beth has appeared with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and numerous other symphony orchestras throughout the Americas, working with noted conductors such as Arthur Fiedler, Milton Katims, Joseph Silverstein and Benjamin Zander.

Among Levin's recordings, her renderings of Bach's Goldberg Variations, and Beethoven's Diabelli Variations stand as two of her most crowning achievements. Of her Goldberg Variations, it is said that she plays "as if she is in love with the notes....with always the sense that she is exploring Bach's genius" (Fanfare Magazine). Her interpretation of the Diabelli Variations has been described as "consistently fascinating" (NY Times) and simply "stunning" (Stereophile Magazine).

Levin remains committed to the performance of newly written works, including works written specifically for her by such composers as David Del Tredici and Mahommed Fairouz. She has collaborated with composers such as Henryk Groecki, Louis Karchin, and Andrew Rudin, among others.



Faust Harrison Pianos Presents

Kevin Hays

Faust Harrison Pianos & Arts Center in Westchester
214 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606

Jazz Pianist and composer Kevin Hays has recorded over a dozen CD's as a leader and has been featured on many recordings as a sideman. His recordings have been listed as among the 'Top 40 Jazz Releases of the Year' by Musician Magazine and praised by The New York Times as “a jolt of joy.” In the mid-nineties he began recording for Blue Note Records and made several critically acclaimed CD’s for that label.

Over the past 15 years, Kevin has performed widely with his trio that includes bassist Doug Weiss and drummer Bill Stewart. The trio's first CD in 2001, 'What Survives' (recently re-issued on Hays's own NDS Records) included arrangements of classical works by Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann and Anton Webern along with his own compositions.

In September 2011 Nonesuch Records released 'Modern Music', a new piano duo recording featuring arrangements of some of the great works of the 20th Century. Several of the arrangements had their World Premiere in 2011 at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Hays’s new solo piano CD ‘Variations’ was released in October 2011 on Pirouet Records. The recording features three sets of improvised variations on several original themes along with exquisite variations on a fugue by Robert Schumann.



The Center for Musical Excellence NY
Min Kwon, Director
and the Pianists of the 2012 CME New York Winter Festival and Academy

Faust Harrison Pianos & Arts Center in Westchester
214 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606

Senior Faculty:
Martin Canin, Pavlina Dokovska, Daniel Epstein, Choongmo Kang, Min Kwon, Jerome Lowenthal, Robert McDonald, Solomon Mikowsky, Andre Michel Schub

Associate Faculty:
Alexander Beridze, Tanya Gabrielian, Yoonjung Han, Miao Hou, Yevgeny Morozov, Soyoun Park, Diyi Tang, Vladimir Valjarevic

Daniel Anastasio, Eun Hyang Choi, Peng Cheng He, Sun A Kang, Heegan Lee, Michael Lee, Vutu Nguyen, Si Hyeon Park, Mihwa Ryu, Grace Shin, Aza Torshkoeva, Yuchong Wu, Ming Xie, Yao Yi



Faust Harrison Pianos Presents

Anna Shelest
Friday, January 13th, 8pm

Faust Harrison Pianos & Arts Center in Westchester
214 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606

The distinguished career of Anna Shelest includes a performance at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris when she was only eleven years old, and her orchestral debut with the Kharkiv Symphony Orchestra the following year in a performance of Rachmaninoff's First Piano Concerto.  Her recent performances include debuts at Alice Tully Hall and Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall in New York City as well as The Kennedy Center in Washington DC. For more information see AnnaShelest.com.



Vassily Primakov & Natalia Lavrova, piano duo

Faust Harrison Pianos
207 W 58th St, NYC

Free Admisison
Limited seating available on a first come, first served basis.

Vassily PrimakovVassily Primakov: The Four Arensky Suites for Two Pianos Vassily Primakov has been hailed as a pianist of world-class importance. Gramophone wrote that "Primakov's empathy with Chopin's spirit could hardly be more complete," and the American Record Guide stated: "Since Gilels, how many pianists have the right touch"
Vassily Primakov was born in Moscow in 1979. His first piano studies were with his mother, Marina Primakova. He entered Moscow's Central Special Music School at the age of eleven as a pupil of Vera Gornostaeva, and at 17 came to New York to pursue studies at the Juilliard School with the noted pianist, Jerome Lowenthal. At Juilliard Mr. Primakov won the William Petschek Piano Recital Award, which presented his debut recital at Alice Tully Hall, and while at Juilliard, aided by a Susan W. Rose Career Grant, he won both the Silver Medal and the Audience Prize in the 2002 Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition. Later that year Primakov won First Prize in the 2002 Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions. In 2007 he was named the Classical Recording Foundation's "Young Artist of the Year." In 2009, Primakov's Chopin Mazurkas recording was named "Best of the Year" by National Public Radio and that same year he began recording the 27 Mozart piano concertos in Denmark. In November of 2010 the first CD in a series of live performances, "Primakov in Concert, Vol. 1", will be released including works by Brahms, Schubert, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.

Natalia Lavrova is a highly regarded performer of multi-faceted artistry, whose sincerity of interpretation and beguiling charm upon the stage has won the hearts of audiences across the United States and Europe. Ms. Lavrova enjoys a diverse career upon the international platform, and additionally holds substantial positions in the worlds of arts administration and pedagogy. Solo and orchestral performances have taken Ms. Lavrova throughout her native Russia to Canada, France, Hungary, Italy, United Kingdom and the United States, to include notable New York venues such as Steinway Hall, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.
Ms. Lavrova has captured top prizes at the New Orleans, Isabel Scionti, Frinna Auerbach, Heidi Hermanns, and Music Academy of the West, Silver Lake, and Senigallia International Piano Competitions. Upon her debut at the Leeds International Piano Competition, Ms. Lavrova was the youngest performer of 1996 admitted to the quarterfinal round.
Natalia Lavrova was born in Moscow in 1981. She entered the preparatory division of the Moscow Conservatory, and was subsequently accepted to The Juilliard School Pre-College Division, as a pupil in the studio of Herbert Stessin. Ms. Lavrova went on to earn her Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music degrees at Juilliard, under the tutelage of Jerome Lowenthal.



The Golden Key Salon Series at Faust Harrison
features new and distinguished performers, wine receptions, and premiere performances.

Featuring works by Rameau, Bach-Busoni, Mussorgsky, and Brahms



Jerome Lowenthal
Faust Harrison Pianos
207 W 58th St, NYC

Free Admisison
Limited seating available on a first come, first served basis.

John Kwon Performing Beethoven and Chopin at Faust Harrison Pianos, New YorkJerome Lowenthal will be performing a program of music by Franz Liszt,
assisted by Carmel Lowenthal. The repertoire includes music from the
pianists' new 3-disc Liszt set on Bridge Records. Selected music from
Liszt's Annees de pelerinage and Christmas Tree Suite.

Jerome Lowenthal: All Liszt Program, CD release concertJerome Lowenthal is an internationally renowned, award-winning pianist, and piano professor at Juilliard. He studied in his native Philadelphia with Olga Samaroff-Stokowski, in New York With William Kapell and Edward Steuermann, and in Paris with Alfred Cartot, meanwhile traveling annually to Los Angeles for coachings with Artur Rubinstein. Mr. Lowenthal made his debut with the New York Philharmonic playing Bartok's Concerto no. 2 in 1963. He has since performed worldwide from the Aleutians to Zagreb. Conductors with whom he has appeared as a soloist include Barenboim, Ozawa, Tilson Thomas, Temirkanov, and Slatkin, as well as such giants of the past as Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, Pierre Monteux and Leopold Stokowski. He has played sonatas with Itzhak Perlman, piano duos with Ronit Amir (his late wife), Carmel Lowenthal (his daughter), and Ursula Oppens, as well as quintets with the Lark, Avalon and Shanghai Quartets. He has recently recorded the Beethoven Fourth Concerto with cadenzas by eleven different composers. His other recordings include concerti by Tschaikovsky and Liszt, solo works by Sinding and Bartok, and chamber music by Arensky and Taneyev.



Simon Mulligan
Including Schumann, Brahms and Chopin

Faust Harrison Pianos
207 W 58th St, NYC
Admission $20

British pianist Simon Mulligan celebrated his début aged 19 at London's Barbican Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; a month later he recorded his first compact disc under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin. This led to a seven-year collaboration and friendship, culminating in what was to be Lord Menuhin's final concert in Dusseldorf, March 1999.
Described by The Times of London as 'the most abundantly gifted of pianists', Simon performs and records internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. His most recent recordings include a disc of Beethoven sonatas and a live recital in Switzerland for Alexis Weissenberg’s Birthday. His first solo album for Sony Classical, “Piano” won great acclaim throughout Europe, South America and the Far East, and featured in various television, radio, and Internet campaigns. He has made over twenty recordings for compact disc, including performances of Martinu's Triple Concerto (conducted by Menuhin), Rozsa’s Spellbound concerto with the BBC Symphony conducted by Slatkin, Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition, his own Suite for Piano and Orchestra, and the Nocturnes of Chopin. He has made four discs for the Nimbus label, including a première recording of music by pianist Alexis Weissenberg.
Simon’s performances with orchestra include the Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony under Slatkin, Warsaw Sinfonia (Menuhin), Brno Philharmonic (Menuhin), Modesto Symphony (Lockington), Reading Symphony (Rothstein), Hong Kong Philharmonic (Atherton), the Hallé, Bournemouth Sinfonia, Malaysian Philharmonic and English Symphony (Boughton).
Simon’s love of improvisation has led to articles in numerous music publications, including Downbeat, JazzTimes, International Pianist and Gramophone magazines.
A Music Scholar of St Paul's School, London, Simon studied under Alexander Kelly at the Royal Academy of Music and Jaques Rouvier in Paris; he also studied Beethoven at the personal invitation of Alfred Brendel.
He was also the recipient of a scholarship to the International Piano Academy on Italy’s Lake Como. There, his mentors included Charles Rosen, Alexis Weissenberg and Murray Perahia. In 2007, Simon was one of the youngest recipients to be awarded the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music for his musical achievements.



Faust Harrison Pianos
205 West 58th Street ~ New York, NY 10019
Admission: $20, adults; $10, students and seniors (CASH ONLY)

Lincoln Mayorga & Steven Richman perform at Faust Harrison Pianos

Come to Faust Harrison on Monday evening, May 17, 7 PM, for Harmonia Mundi Recordings' press gathering, announcing the release of "Gershwin by Grofe (Original orchestrations and arrangements), a new recording by the Harmonie Ensemble of New York, conducted by Steven Richman, featuring Lincoln Mayorga, piano, and Al Gallodoro, clarinet and saxophone: Lincoln Mayorga will perform songs and solo piano pieces by the composer and his pianist-colleagues in New York, and conductor Steven Richman will talk about the working relationship between George Gershwin and Ferde Grofe which is explored in this new CD.

Abbey Simon performs at Faust Harrison Pianos

Abby SimonA New Yorker by birth, Abbey Simon received part of his academic education and his major musical training at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he was accepted by Joseph Hofmann when he was eleven years old. Shortly after his graduation from Curtis, he won the coveted Walter W. Naumberg award, which carries with it a Town Hall debut in New York City. The debut recital was followed by recitals in new York’s Carnegie Hall and extensive tours throughout the United States and Canada, which were interrupted only for enlistment in the United States army during the war.

Abbey Simon has been heard with most of the great orchestras of Europe under such eminent conductors as Sir John Barbirolli, Joseph Krips, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Walter Susskind, Colin Davis, Antal Dorati, Rafael Kubelik, George Szell, Wilhelm von Otterloo, Dean Dixon, Massimo Freccia, Eduard van Beinum, Carlo Maria Giulini, Ozawa, Mehta, Leinsdorf.


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